Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Today we're thankful for being keepers. You might ask what exactly does that mean LOL.

We received this from someone who thinks we are a 'keeper'. So we are sharing it here with everyone we think of in the same way!

A Keeper

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, work shirt and a hat; and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, re-heating leftovers, renewing; I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But when my mother died, and I was standing in that clear morning light in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... While we have it, it's best we love it... And care for it... And fix it when it's broken... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true: For marriage... And old cars... And children with bad report cards... Dogs and cats with bad hips... And aging parents... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep, like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special... And so, we keep them close!

Read this quote at Mona and the Mommy's, which we totally agree!

Good friends are like stars... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there!


LS said she's getting rid of the coffee table in order to get rid of my quirky habit of napping on it.

Can you see my stunned look?

Then she said it's just a joke! Phew!

So today I'm thankful for the coffee table. Where else can I take a cool nap on a cool glass surface...I'm also thankful for LS' quirky sense of humour. It has better be just a joke!

Has anyone here being asked to get rid of any quirky habits so far?

Oh yes, you guys are so clever! The picture was for the begging event indeed. Well, that's all for my entries. At least, LS said she's done with all the rummaging through the albums.

Hope everyone is having a thankful time with everyone's 'keepers'.

Thankful Thursday is hosted at Sting My Heart.


Nancie said...

Yes, I thank God too for family and friends whom I keep dear to my heart and who keeps me in their heart too because of what Christ has done for us! The picture is so sweet :) Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. May God bless you abundantly!

Denise said...

I think you and happy are definitely keepers.

Lynn said...

Oh, I loved the keeper story. Thank you.

Peggy said...

How blessed and precious You & Happy! Thank you for reminding us
of our days (Ps. 90) and those that are KEEPERS! Not so much the things but the people! God bless your memories of your mom! May she now find rest, peace and no more suffering! Keep her in your good memories!

I can't figure out how Happy you nap on a coffee table...not under it but on the glass! You watch your nails scratching or LS may get rid of your keeper!!! Behave!
Take good care of each other! My 5 say HI HAPPY! Chimi especially!

Thank you for blessing me with your visit! Simple words some how make BIG impressions when concise and meaningful! Be blessed at Serendipity Park as you bless!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Thank goodness your mom was only joking about getting rid of your coffee table, Happy!
We looked at the DWB Christmas list and Frasier's name is not on it so we have no clue what his email addy is! Maybe one of his close friends has it but we don't know who they are!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

Hi LS,
I enjoyed your post so much. *sniff*

Hi quirky Happy,
The glass coffee table would be cool but so hard. I guess you don't care, huh? :)
Tuffy did his quirky post and says to tell you hi today.

Gina's Public Diary

Chef said...

The Keeper story was a good reminder for us all. Thanks for posting it, Happy. I bet you were relieved to find out the coffee table is a keeper!


Mary said...

Wow! I loved your TT post. Yes, we were raised as keepers also. I'm still a keeper. I repair before I replace if at all possible.

May you continue to be abundantly blessed.

Abby said...

Hi, Happy...

We're Thankful for your Thankful Thursday Posts...

We love them...

Abby & her Mom xxxooo

Anonymous said...

God really is wonderful and i know all of us love our family and friends...TC

My Entry Here

Moco said...

What a lovely post. We are glad that you are keeping your coffee table.

Amber-Mae said...

What a nice story that is. Thank DOG your LS was just joking!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maya and Kena said...

Hi Happy!
That's a great story!
Thanks fur sharing!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

Asta said...

That was a lovely post..I am thanksful evewyday fow my fwiends and fow all the loving and nuwtoowing I get, and my tweats, and toys, and my comfy bed..the list is endless..I know I'm vewy lucky..but mostly I'm gwateful fow how ouw doggie community shawes each othews joys and sowwows and makes them bof bettew
smoochie kisses

Angie said...

What a neat post! Loved it!

Deetz said...

I am speechless....I applaud your post today Happy.......Clapping my paws together and thankin you for being happy!

Noah the Airedale said...

We're glad your coffee table is staying put Happy.
Btw, we don't know what's happened to Frasier. He's blog seems to be gone.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah xx

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

Loved your Thankful Thursday essay on keepers.

Happy, tell your mom to post a photo of you on your coffee table. I'll bet you look very...well, Happy.

Orable & Charlie said...

Chewing on table corners has its merits - you could say that it's better than chewing on a designer handbag or a pair of leather pumps your human just bought for that really stylish party, or something like that!

licks & slobbers

Rambo said...

we are thankful for our friends and family too. They are all keepers.
Why does LS tease you about the coffee table? Is it your keeper and not hers?

Lorenza said...

Hi, Happy!
Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!
what a relieve to know it was a joke about your coffee table!
Kisses and hugs

Edie said...

Great post! Great reflection on Keepers! Happy is so cute, I love the look of suprise. Rich Blessings to you both. :D

Mary said...

Thanks for dropping by my Writing Nook. To answer your question, Meeko is an Alaskan Malamute. The breed is bigger than a husky and the ears and nose are a bit different.

I hope you will drop by again. It's nice to meet new friends.


Anonymous said...

we keep them because they're worth it... this spoke to my heart. thanks. God bless you now and always.

Laurie Ann said...

You and Happy bless my heart! Loved the post. Happy Thankful Thursday!


That was a lovely story. I am so thankful that there are people in this world that are keepers, like dog rescuers who keep the doggies that bad peoples throw away. I knoe I was one of them throw aways.

Love your Thankful Thursdays.

Love Ya ... Mona

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alihsee said...

I have lots of 'keepers'. Thank you for your comments & have a happy TT!

Eric said...

What a nice post Happy. And I very happy for you the Coffee table is being kept..

Wags, Eric x

Georgeous said...

Thank you for helping me to remember to be thankful
Love n Snuffs
George x

SweetAnnee said...

Coffee table naps sound luscious
and why is THAT quirky??
hugs and nuzzles

BellaMama said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I really liked your post for last thursday...about singing in the shower. I often forget how uplifting that can be!

Have a wonderful day!
Mrs. C.

Nancie said...

Hi Serendipity, thanks for sharing your life and God's goodness to you with us. Thanks for making us smile with your sweet posts. Thanks too for all your prayers and encouragements.

There is an award waiting for you on my blog :-)

Susan said...

Wow, this was just great!!

Loved the Keeper Story...

Thanks so much for stopping by the other day.

Hope you have a blessed weekend♥


just want to said 'Thank you God'.

Jackson said...

Hello Happy, thanks for dropping by my blog and for your kind words. J x

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Everyone is certainly a keeper. Sis was just saying yesterday how she couldn't believe that the lady that we got Callie from didn't want her because she was deaf. She was saying that all animals deserve a chance no matter what their handicaps maybe. I think Mom and Dad raised a very smart little girl...We love you Jessica..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Latte said...

Hi Happy, we have something sparkling for you at our blog :)

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

That was a very expressive look.
I'm glad that was only a coffee table joke, hehe!
Oh! come over, please. I have a nice surpire for you.

Thor said...

That´s a beautiful story! I am glad that it was just a joke about your coffee table!


the 4 Bs said...

hi Happy, we like keepers too. our mom is a keeper. she is kind of quirky, but she's a pretty good mom.


MyJourneyBack said...

Such a sweet post.
Thanks for coming by and visiting me and Daisy and seeing our photo's of Spanky. Yes it is my old worn out house slipper. I was going to through it away. We were tossing it around and he learned to fetch with it. So it became his. He was a good dog. Never touched another shoe. He had is own! Daisy and I will have to come by this week and meet Happy.
I am off now to post my daybook entry.
Thanks again for coming by.
Have a Blessed week.

Melanie said...

A great post! The "keeper" story is great and a wonderful reminder for us as we live our lives each day with our loved ones.

Have a great week!

Huskee Boy said...

Thanks for sharing this, Happy.. It is so meaningful. It just so like us to take things for granted sometimes, especially people whom we love. We never tell them enough how much they mean to us and how much we love them, until it is too late!

Deetz said...

Thank you Happy, for the link to I will check it out. We sure hope she comes home. Mum says we just got to keep the faith, so that is what I will do.